The 6 month independent review of the Transforming Care and Commissioning Steering Group, chaired by Sir Stephen Bubb.

Last year, the Government failed to meet its pledge to support everyone with a learning disability and/or autism inappropriately placed in hospital to move to community-based support by 1st June 2014. In response, NHS England developed a programme plan to accelerate change, with Sir Stephen Bubb chairing the Transforming Care and Commissioning Steering Group.

The steering group’s report – Winterbourne View – Time for Change – was published in November 2014 and outlined a roadmap for action:

  • A closure programme for in-patient care institutions;
  • A Charter of Rights for people with learning disabilities and/or autism and their families;
  • A ‘right to challenge’ for people with learning disabilities and their families, and the right to request a personal budget;
  • A mandatory framework for local decision-makers to follow that sets out who is responsible for which services and how they will be held to account;
  • Improved data collection and publication, including key indicators such as admission rates, length of stay, delayed transfers and the number of beds by commissioning organisations;
  • Improved training and education for NHS, local government and provider staff;
  • A social investment fund to build capacity in community-based services.

This report is Sir Stephen’s six month review and will be followed by a formal 12 month review.